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Estelle: The Secret Year by Jennifer Hubbard

The Secret Year by Jennifer R. Hubbard Publication Date: January 7, 2010 Publisher: Viking Juvenile Pages: 192 Target audience: Mature young adult Keywords: Secret relationship, cheating, death, class division Summary: For the past year, Colt and Julia have been secretly “together”. Total opposites and part of different groups at school, Julia also has a boyfriend […]

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July 12, 2014 - 2:21 am

Kayla - This is a great summary

January 21, 2013 - 4:15 pm

Hannah @ So Obsessed With - Eeek Estelle, I don’t really like cheating books! I mean, yes I have read some (Emily Giffin comes to mind), but I have a hard time getting really into the story. I just don’t know! You’ve made it sound really interesting though!

January 20, 2013 - 5:11 pm

Estelle's Shelve It: 1/20/2013 - […] A bookish (sorta?) birthday list. A review of Take Me There by Carolee Dean. A review of Return to Me by Justina Chen. A review of The Secret Year by Jennifer Hubbard. […]

January 16, 2013 - 7:15 am

Lori - Beautiful review, Estelle! I read this a few years ago when I first started getting into contemporary and it blew me away. I’m not sure that I would love it as much now, but it was definitely a fantastic book.

January 16, 2013 - 4:27 am

VeganYANerds - Ooh, this sounds really good, Estelle! I too wonder about how you’d hide a relationship for so long, but then again there are people that cheat for a long time, right? Maybe they’re just in denial of their feelings?

I really want to know what happens with Colt and the journal, this whole idea is so intriguing!

January 15, 2013 - 5:20 pm

Alexa Y. - Wow. Just wow. This one sounds completely intense. And it also made me very curious as to how it really worked out that they kept everything secret for a YEAR (and yes, I’m still hung up on that fact!). I do like the idea of Cole coming to terms with his feelings, though it makes me sad that Julia died before he really did. ACK. You make me want to go and find this book now…

January 14, 2013 - 11:03 pm

Estelle - A, oh! Thanks for the awesome comment! Yes! This one did pack the punch and I was really surprised by all the underlying complexities in the plot too. I thought the author did a great job of flushing all the details out and giving us a strong book! I do hope you try it out and let me know what you think about it afterwards.

January 14, 2013 - 11:02 pm

Aneeqah @ My Not So Real Life - So this one is REALLY short- under 200 pages. I’m surprised that it was able to pack such a punch with you, Estelle! Normally I finish shorter books thinking that there wasn’t enough depth- but that definitely doesn’t seem to be the case here. I actually have read a few cheating books, and it’s interesting to see the story behind them. I’d think I’d love this one, since it’s so vivid and it seems to have all the feels.

Fabulous review Estelle, this book is now officially on my radar! <3

January 14, 2013 - 10:51 pm

Estelle - Cheating is a tough subject for some people to read about… I don’t want to give anything away but I think the plotting and character development is really strong in this novel and that should be the reason to check it out!

January 14, 2013 - 10:51 pm

Estelle - It’s actually Estelle but I love that you stopped by to comment. I’m hoping to start a surge with people reading this again!

January 14, 2013 - 10:49 pm

Estelle - Kristen, yay! Glad to hear you are going to give it a whirl. I love that you are always open to trying new books.

January 14, 2013 - 10:49 pm

Estelle - Cynthia, truly hoping you like this one as much as I did. So nice that you have it already there waiting for ya!

January 14, 2013 - 10:48 pm

Estelle - Nikki, I’m also one that doesn’t shy away from cheating stories. I always think there is a reason why people go ahead with decisions like this one. It may not be smart or selfless but it’s still intriguing to see what people think is worth giving up and why. Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

January 14, 2013 - 10:47 pm

Estelle - Thanks so much, Joli! I hope so too!!!! It really was an immersive read + that’s impressive because it’s a short book!

January 14, 2013 - 10:26 pm

Joli @ Actin' Up with Books - Your review reminds me of why I liked this book so much and why I must reread it again soon. I was immersed in the story and all of the emotions that went along with reading it. I hope that more people decide to read it because of your review.

January 14, 2013 - 3:42 pm

Nikki @ Foil the Plot - I don’t know why but I find cheating stories to be so interesting, especially when you eventually come to sympathize with the cheaters (as it sounds like you did in this book). There are always two sides to every story, in this case there are three, and albeit I might not agree with the action, I’m always fascinated by the reason behind it.

January 14, 2013 - 3:42 pm

Cynthia - Loooove your review of this one. I actually own it and it’s been sitting on my pile for two years now. I think I’ll be reading this one next right after I finish my current read all thanks to your review. I’m so curious to find out more now! =D

January 14, 2013 - 2:16 pm

Kristen Evey - Wow, you’ve definitely sold me on this one. This type of book isn’t my normal cup of tea, but this sounds thought provoking. I’ll check it out! Thanks Estelle!

January 14, 2013 - 12:21 pm

Asheley Tart (@BookwormAsheley) - Ooooh, this sounds really good!!

January 14, 2013 - 10:26 am

Taylor @ Reading is the Thing - I’ve wanted to read this one since it came out, but I just haven’t gotten around to it. Great review, Megan, I love books that make you feel like you can’t put them down!

January 14, 2013 - 10:20 am

Christina (A Reader of Fictions) - I bought this one for a couple of bucks on sale, because one of my friends talked it up big time. I didn’t know it was about infidelity. Eep. I really don’t like cheating, but it sounds like they get punished for it, so maybe? We’ll see how this goes.

Glad you enjoyed!

Magan: Some Girls Are by Courtney Summers

Some Girls Are by Courtney Summers Released: January 5, 2010 Pages: 246 Target Audience: Young Adult Format: Library book Why I picked it up: I’m on a Courtney Summers kick. I recently finished Cracked Up to Be by her as well. Summary: Regina is part of the social elite, the Fearsome Five, at her high […]

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September 30, 2014 - 8:18 pm

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September 6, 2013 - 9:01 am

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April 30, 2012 - 7:02 am

Young Adult Book Review: This is Not a Test by Courtney Summers - […] favorite contemporary writers; I had a Courtney Summers love fest at the end of last year and read Some Girls Are, Cracked Up to Be, and Fall for Anything. You might be wondering how a contemporary fiction author […]

December 11, 2011 - 1:45 pm
December 7, 2011 - 10:07 pm

Magan - Jana, Alexa, and Samual – thank you all so much for your comments. High School was just terrible. My worst memory is from when I was in junior high though. The mean girls attacked one of my friends and stole her gym clothes. When she walked into the locker room before basketball practice, the girls were “skating” on her clothes all over the floor and pretended they didn’t see her. She didn’t know what to do. I didn’t know what to do. I was frozen in place – I didn’t know how to get them back. If I could go back in time and stand up to someone at any given moment, this would be what I’d choose. I was open and talked to my parents about things, and they helped out, but in many ways the school administration knowing the problem only made things worse. This book hit home on such a personal, deep level for me. I hope that any girl that reads it and is going through something terrible finds strength from this story. That she knows things can and will get better.

I hope you all will pick it up, however uncomfortable it may be. It’s a story that needs to be shared.

December 7, 2011 - 1:50 pm

Samual - I haven’t read this book and have been wanting to read it last year. I’ve read one of Courtney Summers’ books Cracked Up To Be. I think the author really speaks her mind in her writings. Her style is unique, different, and open. I think some girls are really really mean. Plain and simple. They want all the attentions themselves. They say things people would NEVER or CANNOT accept. I think this is what most schools are though, some people (I’m not speaking to only girls, guys do the same things) are just don’t know how to control themselves. They just don’t care about others’ feelings. They can say whatever they want, like the whole world is theirs or something. People are so disrespectful to others. When I was in high school, well, during my freshman year, people were so nice to me. But the more I spend time with them, the more I realized how rude they were. (And they didn’t even realize that, GOSH.) I just tried to ignore them and had never talk to them again. Some people are crazy, mean, impolite, disrespectful, and whatever that fit into that category. Great review! I will check this book out. Thank you for sharing!

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December 7, 2011 - 12:33 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - What a great review. This book sounds, at turns, horrifying, yet like something I could relate to in my own way. I went through a couple of tough moments in elementary school and high school, with people who would pretend to be my friend, but were actually talking smack about me behind my back. It took a while (and a lot of really great people) before I gained any sort of self-esteem.

It’s always nice to hear about books exposing similar situations of bullying (especially the female form of it) and I commend Summers for doing that. Thank you for reviewing this book!

December 7, 2011 - 12:02 pm

Jana - Oooo… I swear, elementary and junior high was seriously SO hard. In 6th grade, one of my “friends” turned all my other “friends” against me when she decided I was a perfect target for bashing. It was all about something so stupid and off-based, not to mention untrue. Later that year, I received an anonymous death threat. I was in the counselor’s office all day for protection. I don’t know why kids can be so mean. I just can’t fathom it. I have a feeling I would connect really well with this book as well, but I’m almost thinking I don’t want to give it a try. lol. Good review, though. 🙂 I always enjoy it when book bloggers talk about their connections and personal thoughts, rather than just summarize the entire book. It helps us learn about you! 🙂

– Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl